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4 stars Collage is a Prog band from Poland that made their name in the 1990's, putting out 4 albums between 1990 and 1995, including the classic Moonshine (1994), and establishing themselves as Poland's answer to Marillion, showing a somewhat similar sound and style (as well as the influences of the bands that shaped Marillion, such as Genesis, Yes, Rush, etc.), but then split, with band members going their separate ways. But now they are back again, with a new vocalist and guitarist, and the rest being from the original lineup, and this new album, Over and Out. And wow, they have not lost anything in those intervening years, as this is a top-notch album of Neo Prog riches. Yes, their sound is still heavily reminiscent of Marillion from the Fish era (they even have Marillion's Steve Rothery as a guest soloist on one track), but in the very best way, as the album is full of that lush, majestic sound, provocative themes, emotive vocals, great melodic lines, and exhilarating instrumental passages with soaring guitar and swirling keyboards. Yes, it may be similar in style to what we've heard before, but they have polished and refined the style (and added some new elements) to reach new heights and provide an album that still seems fresh amidst the current Prog scene (and for my money I'll take this over the current version of Marillion all day long). The album consists of 5 songs, with all but one being at least 8 min long, and all are very good to great. Highlights include the 20-min epic title track, quite a masterpiece of sound and style going through a range of creative musical segments, as well as What About the Pain? and Man in the Middle. A very welcome return for Collage, and an album that would have ranked among the best of 2022 (if I had heard it in 2022). Best Tracks: Over and Out, A Moment A Feeling, What About the Pain, Man in the Middle. Weak Tracks: none. Rating: 4 stars
BBKron | 4/5 |


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